“One Shares Food, not Words.” 

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By Amanda Baker

It was one of the largest regional home fires of the year. On a Tuesday afternoon in September, fire swept through a large complex in Delridge, Seattle – the Lam Bow Apartments. Residents of 19 units watched their homes and most of their possessions destroyed within a few hours. In total, 46 individuals were displaced. The Red Cross quickly opened a shelter at the Delridge Community Center and sent the call out for volunteers. As a new AmeriCorps volunteer, I was eager to help and signed up for an eight-hour shift.   Continue reading

Explaining Recent Changes in U.S. Immigration Policy

A Message from the Red Cross Los Angeles Region CEO, Jarrett Barrios

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Fellow Red Crossers,

Greetings to each of you and thank you, as always, for your service to the humble and humbling mission of Red Cross– preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
In light of our mission, several volunteers and staff have approached me about recent incidents at airports across the country affecting legal residents and refugees. Continue reading

American Red Cross gets Great Assist from the Harlem Globetrotters

By: Faith Hoyt

What do the Harlem Globetrotters and the American Red Cross have in common?

They both want to help communities prepare and respond to local disasters. This is why the American Red Cross and Harlem Globetrotters have teamed up. As part of a two-year partnership, we’ve joined forces with the Harlem Globetrotters as their “official charity” to support their Great Assist initiative. Continue reading

The Healing Power of Music

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By Anna Kultin

Photo by Eric Braddy

You can see the transformation: in their animated faces, their awareness of their surroundings, and even in their body language. They are smiling, tapping their feet and bobbing their heads to the music, eyes half-closed. These veterans are being healed by a personalized music soundtrack, effectively a musical therapy being delivered via their headphones. Continue reading